In the rainy winter of 2012 I was hired as ArtSpring’s Interim Operations Manager to cover Meghan Howcroft’s maternity leave. I was thrilled. Mid-way through our job training, Meghan was pulled away to begin her journey into motherhood. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work, thankful for the kindness and patience of ArtSpring’s patrons, volunteers, board members, and staff.
It has been four years now since I joined the team here, having shifted – three years ago – from my initial position as Interim Operations Manager to that of Marketing Manager. I have been greatly enriched by the wide range of arts – dance, theatre, music, visual art, and much more – that spring to life at ArtSpring.
There have been many shows that have marked me during my time at ArtSpring. Here are three that ArtSpring programmed that come to mind as favourites: i) Spin¸ the historical bicycle-inspired performance by Evalyn Parry that included a musician playing the bicycle as an instrument. ii) Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, the larger-than-life dance show from la belle province. iii) Elizabeth Shepherd and her band who played nearly inharmonious sounds weaving them together to create a unique tapestry of jazz.
Community shows that are etched into my memory include the hilarious and campy Mamma Priscilla’s Cagey Revue (how can I ever forget the wonderful lead’s outfits?), Rent, and A Friday Affair. When I first began working at ArtSpring, I was electrified by the GISS student performers, amazed by the caliber of these high school productions and the talent of the students. There was also the Velo Village weekend, which featured many bicycle-themed events and a special art exhibit using bicycle parts!
I have worked with (and learned from) a range of artists, community members and organizations, board members and volunteers. As well, I have learned so much from my coworkers – both past and present – who are a very talented bunch of people.
Though I am moving on to another work opportunity with the Salt Spring Forum, I will not be far from ArtSpring. I sincerely thank you for giving me a home at ArtSpring during these past four years.
So long, but not farewell!